As the war in Ukraine drags on, it becomes increasingly clear to chief instigator Vladimir Putin and the rest of the world that the assault will not produce the quick victory that Russia might have hoped for.
And the protracted conflict is taking its toll on all parties involved.
“The invasion of Ukraine is arguably the most shameful war in modern Russian history. This war is a catastrophe not only for Ukraine but also for Russia,” said Denis Kozlov, associate professor at Dal’s History Department, at a forum on the conflict hosted by Dal, Saint Mary’s and Mount Saint Vincent Universities last Thursday.
The virtual forum was led by Ruben Zaiotti, Director of the European Union Jean Monnet Center of Excellence at Dalhousie, and also included colleagues from Dal Leah Sarson (political science), Brian Bow (political science), Anders Hayden (science Politics) as well as Maya Eichler of Mount Saint Vincent (Political and Canadian Studies/Women’s Studies) and Lyubov Zhyznomirska of Saint Mary’s (Political Science).
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An in-depth discussion
Key topics discussed during the forum included the Canadian government’s role in the war, making sense of the war from a historical perspective, the gender dimensions of the war, Ukraine’s application for membership of the European Union, the role of fossil fuels during the war and the role played by NATO in the war.
Viewers were encouraged to submit questions during the forum, broadening the discussion to the origins of the Russia-Ukraine conflict, Putin’s potential plans to drive this conflict into other Baltic countries like Latvia, impact of this war on Russian women and children and on food inflation.
With answers about the origin of the war dating back to the fall of the Soviet Union, Dr. Hayden noted current contributions to the cause of Russian aggression.
“Climate change and the war on Ukraine have the same roots, fossil fuels and our dependence on them,” says Dr Hayden.
The panelists shed light on the conflict from different angles, using their respective areas of expertise to answer questions. While no one can determine the future of Putin’s political plans, they have made it clear that the current pressure on both countries is and will be devastating.
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how to help
The forum ended with a final question posed by Dr. Zaiotti.
“How do you think people in the audience could help in any way with what is happening in Ukraine today? »
“Donate to a source close to the people,” Dr. Zhyznomirska offered, “Boycott products with companies that stay in Russia and support the war machine.”
“The Canadian government matches donations to the Red Cross up to a maximum of $30 million,” Dr. Sarson added to the appeal for donations.
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Watch the full forum below